What Are Fruit Flies?
Common fruit flies have distinctive red eyes. Females lay around 500 eggs. that quickly hatch. Larvae or maggots emerge and develop, before finally pupating. Adult flies emerge from pupae to complete their lifecycle in as little as ten days.
A short life-cycle makes them perfect for laboratory and scientific use. It also explains why they quickly become a significant nuisance pest. Organic materials, fruits and vegetables, fermenting products and sweet deposits quickly attract passing flies.
The fly pictured above is male because the last two abdominal segments are dark. In female flies, the segments are uniform and light.
External sites of fly activity include compost & rubbish bins, where you find sweet residues and rotten fruit along with other fermenting products are a powerful attractant.
A fruit fly infestation in your home or business is no fun. Infestations are common in kitchens, bars and beer cellars. Spilt residues that build up beneath the lips of sinks, or between the bottom of base unit plinths and the floor.
Fruit bowls need to be checked regularly for spoiled or overripe fruit. Internal food-waste bins need to be washed regularly to reduce sweet deposits. Recycling bins often contain spillages from used beer and wine bottles or ripe fruit juice receptacles.
Again, Good housekeeping can discourage these flies.
Poor hygiene encourages flies, meaning they are an early sign of deteriorating or consistently neglected hygiene in food premises.
Good house-keeping can make a big difference to the success of any pest management plan. This is a key indicator of quality and one of the first things that council food safety officers look for.
Are Fruit Flies Dangerous?
Flies are often harmless nuisance pest and not a critical vector of disease.
Restaurant owners might tolerate small numbers of flies but customers will be less than thrilled. Negative online reviews on this subject can quickly, cripple a food business.
Fly control measures such include discreet electronic fly killing (EFK’s) devices and passive fruit fly traps.
EFK’s are cheap to maintain and essential to reassure customers. Traps and EFK’s demonstrate due diligence to EHO’s as an investment in the safety of food.
Make A Quick Fruit Fly Trap
- Fill a bowl or jam jar as directed
- Pour in 100ml of apple cider vinegar
- Pour in 100ml of water
- Add one drop of dish soap to reduce the surface tension
- Mix together
- Cover with plastic wrap held on the rim with a rubber band
- Pirce the wrap, creating a few small holes
- Place close to where you are seeing the fruit flies
- Wallah – You should start catching.
Do Fruitflies Carry & Spread Disease?
Although flies have a capacity to spread viruses, bacteria and moulds, fruit-flies rarely pose a risk to humans. For now, at least, they only seen as a nuisance pest.
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